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Annual book sale starts June 8
April 3, 2019

The Sizzlin’ Summer Book Sale is about to begin! Residents can find great deals on movies, books, mucis and more. There’s a selection of thousands of items and most are priced from 25¢ to $2. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

The sale runs from Thursday, June 8 through Saturday, June 10 at the Johnson County Community College gym.

Johnson County Community College Gym
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210-1299

Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 10
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit jocolibrary.org for more information.


Co-sponsored by Friends of Johnson County Library. All proceeds go to the Friends and fund Library materials and events.

Movies in the Park program begins with Moana
June 5, 2017

The 2017 Movies in the Park program kicks off on Tuesday, June 6, with the animated Disney movie Moana at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s The Theatre in the Park complex in Shawnee Mission Park. 

A total of four films will be shown on a 40-foot screen on the theatre stage on specified summer nights when musical productions are not scheduled. Beginning June 6, films will screen on specific Tuesday nights during the theatre’s regular season. Films will begin between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m., depending on sunset, and the cost is only $1 per person. Gates open on movie nights at 7:30 p.m.

Other upcoming movies include:

  • Sing on June 20 
  • Pitch Perfect on July 18
  • Finding Dory on Aug. 1

With the sole exception of “Pitch Perfect;” which is rated PG-13, all films are rated PG. For more about this year’s film lineup, including ratings information, go to www.theatreinthepark.org/movies.

Please note that the theatre’s usual rain-out policy does not apply to movie nights. Due to licensing restrictions, if a movie has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, no refunds will be issued and no tickets will be revalidated.

The Theatre in the Park is located north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee. 


Free Fishing, Boating & Archery Weekend, June 3 & 4
April 3, 2019

At JCPRD's Antioch, Heritage, Kill Creek, Shawnee Mission and Streamway Parks from 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Take advantage of this annual permit-free weekend for fishing, boating (Shawnee Mission, Heritage and Kill Creek Parks only) and archery (Shawnee Mission Park only). This coincides with the state of Kansas’ “Free Fishing and Park Entrance Days” at state parks when state fishing permits are also waived. Fishing, boating and archery permits will be waived in the designated JCPRD parks on these days only. JCPRD trout permits are still required if fishing for trout at Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek Park lakes. Regular park hours for these days are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Kill Creek, Heritage* and Shawnee Mission parks, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Antioch Park, and dawn to dusk at the streamway parks. For more information, call JCPRD at 913-888-4713.

*Heritage Park will be open from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for overnight fishing, fishing and boating permits will not be required for this weekend only.

Park locations:

  • Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS, 66219
  • Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS 66202
  • Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, KS 66062
  • Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, KS 66061
  • Streamway Park, locations vary
Third class of Project SEARCH interns has graduated
May 31, 2017

As of today, the interns from the 2016-2017 class of Project SEARCH are officially graduates! Project SEARCH is an education and employment program managed by Johnson County Developmental Supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are 18 years of age or older and interested in community employment. 

On Tuesday night, 16 interns received their diplomas in front of an audience of nearly 100 friends, family members, JCDS staff, JCDS governing board members and representatives from the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.
Johnson County BOCC Chairman Ed Eilert spoke at the graduation ceremony and praised the program as being one of the most progressive and innovative Project SEARCH models in the country. In his remarks, JCDS governing board Vice Chair Dale Chaffin shared with the interns two secrets to keeping a job: attendance and a positive attitude. 

The keynote speaker was Alexandria Mitchell, a Project SEARCH intern last year who is now working as a correspondence coordinator for Sunflower Health Plan. Her advice to the interns was “keep your options open, try new things, set goals and keep a positive attitude no matter what gets in your way.”

The first class of Project SEARCH, in 2014-2015, consisted of seven interns, all of whom are currently employed in the community. The 2015-2016 class had a 75 percent job placement rate. In the current year, three interns secured employment prior to graduating.

Photos from the graduation ceremony are available online.

As temperatures rise, county officials warn against tick exposure
May 30, 2017

Johnson County Government reminds residents to take precautions in warm weather to avoid exposure to ticks and other disease-carrying insects.

K-State Research and Extension and the Department of Health and Environment offer basic information and prevention tips for tick exposure.

“We’re expecting tick exposure to rise this season after noticing an increase in early tick activity and in the aftermath of mild winter conditions,” said agriculture and natural resources extension agent Rick Miller. “We’re asking residents to take precautions when spending time outdoors to avoid exposure to tick-borne illnesses.”

Ticks can be difficult to detect because the insects develop in four stages: egg, larva, nymph and adult. The American Dog tick, the Lone Star tick and the Brown Dog tick are the most common tick species in Johnson County.

Ticks typically feed on native wildlife or domestic livestock to meet their need for a blood host. Once they have fed, they drop to the ground and molt into their next stage. Ticks repeat the process three times as they move from the larva to the nymph to the adult stage. Blood hosts are typically a mouse, small rodent, a bird or a deer.

Ticks do not jump or drop from trees. Ticks crawl onto blades of grass, weeds or low bushes and wait for a host to brush against the vegetation. The tick immediately releases from the vegetation and crawls onto the host.

Tick prevention

The Department of Health and Environment suggests the following ways to avoid exposure to ticks.

  • Avoid direct contact with ticks by avoiding wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Walk in the center of trails.
  • Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes and mouth.
  • Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5 percent permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.
  • If you are concerned about ticks, be sure to inspect your body and scalp in search of moving insects before they have a chance to latch on. If an attached tick is discovered, immediately remove it using tweezers. Do not try unsound methods like finger nail polish or a lit match. This could cause the tick to expel disease-carrying fluids into the skin.

Extension professionals suggest that if you need help identifying ticks, take them to the county extension office and staff should be able to identify them or send them to state entomologists for testing.

Residents can send a close-up photo to Rick Miller at rick.miller@jocogov.org and they can bring a sample to the K-State Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, in Olathe.

The Theatre in the Park opens 48th season with Spamalot
May 29, 2017

The Theatre in the Park begins its 48th season of summer entertainment on Friday, June 2, with the zany antics of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the musical Spamalot.

The musical runs through Sunday, June 4, and then continues its run Wednesday, June 7 through Saturday, June 10. A program of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, The Theatre in the Park (TTIP) complex is located in Shawnee Mission Park with an entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee. 

From the outdoor stage at Shawnee Mission Park, the next TTIP production features Grease and moves to the new indoor Black Box Theatre at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Performances are scheduled June 9-11, 15-18, and 22-25. Evening productions are at 7:30 p.m.; matinee times vary slightly.

The remaining TTIP productions return to its outdoor stage and include:

  • Crazy for You (June 16-18, 21- 24);
  • Disney’s Camp Rock (June 30 and July 1-2, July 5- 8);
  • Back to the 80s (July 14- 16, 19- 22); and, 
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a co-production with the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 West 115th Street, Overland Park. TTIP dates: (July 28-30, Aug. 2-5); White Theatre dates: (July 8, 13, 15, 20 & 22 at 7:30 p.m. and July 9, 16 & 23 at 2 p.m.)

Show time for the five TTIP outdoor productions at Shawnee Mission Park is 8:30 p.m. The box office opens at 6 p.m. and the gates to the seating bowl open at 6:30 p.m.

TTIP is holding the line on prices for the 2017 outdoor season with general admission at $8, youth $6, and children three and under may attend for free (but require a ticket for entrance). Limited reserve seating and parking is available. Tickets may be purchased online or at the theatre box office the nights of performance.

Indoor ticket prices for Grease at the Arts & Heritage Center are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (60+) and $15 for youth (up to 10 years of age). All seats are reserved seats and may be purchased online prior to opening.

For more information, including entire show synopses for all 2017 TTIP productions, please visit theatreinthepark.org.